Which Kind of Wheel Stop is Best for Your Site?
Most people have seen a wheel stop when they have visited a public parking structure. It is a low barrier that prevents vehicles from intruding into designated (usually pedestrian) areas. It is a very effective and low cost way to increase safety on any site that has parking available. There are all kinds of different types of stops available, and they can be manufactured in a variety of materials. In this article, we will take a brief look at how to choose the right wheel stop for your site.
Rubber Wheel Stops
These stops are made from recycled rubber which makes them a good environmental choice. They are tough enough for most lighter vehicles, and they don’t corrode, chip or scratch over time. They usually have high visibility strips for easier navigation in low light conditions. They are usually one of the cheapest kinds of wheel stops, and they are a good economical choice for car parks, warehouses, and factories.
Compliance Wheel Stops
These stops are made from high tech plastic materials and available in different colours. They are designed to cope with the harsh Australian temperatures in summer without cracking or buckling. They are a safe choice for car parks and other areas where lighter vehicles are being parked.
Concrete Wheel Stops
Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, but it is not particularly environmentally friendly. If you can live with that, there are a lot of good reasons to choose concrete wheels stops. Firstly, they are very tough and capable of withstanding a great deal of punishment from heavier vehicles. Secondly, they can be easily painted to match your needs, such as high visibility areas, disabled parking and blending in with kerbs if required.
Wheel stop installation is quite a simple process for a skilled contractor to carry out. Both rubber and metal stops can easily be fixed to the ground with appropriate fixings. Concrete stops are larger, heavier and a little more complicated to fit and thus take slightly longer to install. When planning an installation, care should be taken to not place wheel stops in the paths of pedestrians that are walking to or from parked vehicles and crossing car parks. A failure to do this can result in trip injuries and can have serious legal ramifications. If you have concerns about the placement of wheel stops consult a professional.
If they are considering a wheel stop installation, Perth site manager should contact us. At Image Bollards, we have a diverse variety of safety solutions available, including wheels stops. We have rubber, concrete, compliance and heavy duty wheel stop available which all comply with Australian Standards. Get in touch with us, and we look forward to discussing your needs in greater detail.